Plane Carrying 32 Goes Down in Papua New Guinea Locals say four passengers survived By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Oct 13, 2011 9:48 AM CDT 1 comment Comments The plane crashed 12 miles from Madang, Papua New Guinea, shown here. (AP Photo/Roz Savage) (Newser) – A plane carrying 32 passengers went down in Papua New Guinea today, and local villagers say just four people survived the crash. The Airlines PNG Dash 8, a twin-propeller plane, crashed en route from Lae to Madang, the AP reports; there was reportedly a violent storm going on at the time. Most of those on board were parents on their way to a university graduation ceremony. No official word yet on survivors and fatalities.